During my Introduction to Digital Photography class we were required to submit a piece of artwork to the Student Art Exhibit here on campus. I chose two of my photographs (fairly quickly, I'll admit), had them printed out as 8x10” photos and picked up two inexpensive frames from Michael's Crafts. While walking to the submission area—I happened across my photography teacher. She said she was glad I'd chosen the photograph of the seagull because she really hadn't seen anything like it before. The composition and color make it look like it's a fake photograph, but she knows it isn't (simply because my grasp of Photoshop isn't that epic!).
She also noticed the price tag I'd attached, I asked for $15.00 each, just hoping to make the money back on my frames and printing costs if they did happen to sell. She said, “Oh, no no no, you change that 1 in to a 4! They're worth more than that!” I was shocked, I mean, I've never sold any artwork in my life. I immediately thought of my sister Stephanie and how she bleeds for her storyboard and for her artwork. I knew somehow she would agree: it isn't just about the materials, it's about the time it took me to make the photograph, it's travel time, it's time spent resizing and editing if necessary. So I was confident and turned the 1 in to a 4.
This was the Wednesday before we went to Seattle for Emerald City ComiCon. The fine print for the Student Art show said if my artwork wasn't accepted that I'd have to pick it up by Friday. That meant if I didn't get accepted, I'd have to bother someone who wasn't at the convention to go and pick it up from campus. When I didn't hear anything from campus on Thursday or Friday—I just realized that they had accepted my photographs!
The opening reception for the Student Art Exhibit for The Corner Gallery was Tuesday April 12th. Mason and I went—we knew there would be juice and cookies, at the very least. It turned out to be a really pleasant experience. The small gallery on campus was filled up with mixed media: paintings, sculpture, photographs—even others from my class were accepted.
My seagull photograph was the very first photograph on display upon entering the gallery. I thought it looked like it was lonely, but my photography teacher who was at the show said it was a coveted spot and I should be proud.
Then she asked if I'd gotten my picture taken next to my photograph. I hadn't even considered it, I mean, this was the first time I've ever had anything of my own in a gallery before. So Mason was kind enough to let me give my best smirk—and took my photo.
The Student Art Show runs for about a month and ends when the Spring Semester is over in May. I'm very honored to have been a part of it. If my photographs don't sell, I'm eligible to submit to the show again next year too. If they do sell, I may lose my mind, haha. I really enjoy the seagull photograph because of how absurd it looks. The skyline looks fake; the seagull looks very regal. (I titled the piece Regal Seagull, after all).
This entry is counting towards my CampNaNoWriMo days 12-14 with a total word count of 558.